The Nightly News
An Astronomy blog by Joe Bauman, Salt Lake City
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Joe Bauman
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  1. Blog 16: Patrick Wiggins’ super supernova
    17 May, 2017
    Blog 16: Patrick Wiggins’ super supernova
    On Saturday night my friend Patrick Wiggins discovered his third supernova, and this one’s a treasure. It is a Type II supernova in the famous Fireworks Galaxy. Let's define the term. A supernova is the catastrophic death explosion of a star, the largest blast known since the Big Bang. *** A Type I supernova happens when a white dwarf star sucks material away from a nearby star that is locked to it by gravity in a binary arrangement. Its mass grows so great that it blows up. *** A Type II
  2. Blog 15: Building the observatory
    07 May, 2017
    Blog 15: Building the observatory
    The previous blog began the story of Mike Clements’ huge telescope and the plans for its relocation to the Salt Lake Astronomical Society's observatory complex in Stansbury Park, Tooele County. The focus was on the Salt Lake County man’s inspiration, drive, genius and hard work to make his dream come true -- to build the world’s largest amateur telescope. This astonishing instrument has a 70-inch-diameter mirror that weighs 900 pounds; when stowed horizontally the mirror housing combined with
  3. Blog 14: An amazing telescope
    27 Apr, 2017
    Blog 14: An amazing telescope
    Sometime before the end of June, families, government officials, invited guests and astronomy geeks will gather in Stansbury Park, Tooele County, to celebrate the opening of a new feature of the Salt Lake Astronomical Society’s observatories. It will be the fourth big telescope stationed at the site, the Stansbury Park Observatory Complex (SPOC), and the largest of the group. In fact, the telescope built by Mike Clements dwarfs all other amateur telescopes in the world. The main mirror is a
  4. Blog 12: Galaxies
    07 Apr, 2017
    Blog 12: Galaxies
    For my subspecies of astronomer -- amateur, galaxy-obsessed -- spring is the best time of the year. This is galaxy season in the northern hemisphere. Awe-inspiring groups of the great star conglomerations swing into the fields of our telescopes. Once again, the nearby Virgo Cluster of 1,000-plus members presents an amazing collection of spiral and elliptical galaxies, while the far more distant Coma Cluster and its 10,000, many of them dwarf ellipticals, pose nicely for photography. And if good